A Paralegal’s Guide to Handling Custody & Support Issues


Re-Broadcast on November 2, 2017

Taking a look at what types of cases that will run into custody and or support issues. Next will be a look at common issues that arise in custody cases. Then we will take a look at how to calculate child support and how to determine income. Finally a wrap up on how to handle temporary orders and motions involving custody and/or support will be looked at. This will be geared more for newer paralegals that need a basic to intermediate understanding of what custody issues are and how support is calculated.

This course is co-sponsored by Wolters Kluwer.

Key topics to be discussed:

•   How support Calculations are made
•   A detailed look at parenting plans
•   Temporary orders of support and custody

Date / Time: November 2, 2017

•  2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Eastern
•  1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Central
•  12:00 pm – 2:00 pm Mountain
•  11:00 am – 1:00 pm Pacific

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•  Live Video Broadcast/Re-Broadcast: Watch Program “live” in real-time, must sign-in and watch program on date and time set above. May ask questions during presentation via chat box. Qualifies for “live” CLE credit.
•  On-Demand Video: Access CLE 24/7 via on-demand library and watch program anytime. Qualifies for self-study CLE credit. On-demand versions are made available 7 business days after the original recording date and are view-able for up to one year.


Rebecca Terry, Esq. received her Master’s in Legal Studies from the University of Illinois at Springfield. She has been studying and working in the legal field for the last thirteen years and has a thirst for legal knowledge. She completed the Legal Assistant Training Program from the Legal Studies Department, and also received her Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies and Political Science from that same institution.

Mrs. Terry began working for Stange Law Firm, P.C in April of 2008 working directly for Managing Partners Kirk C. Stange and Paola Arzu Stange. In 2012, she was promoted to the position of Office Administrator, whereupon she assists the Managing Partners in the administrative management of the offices. She has taught multiple CLE’s over the last four years regarding paralegal education.

Kirk Stange, Esq. is a Founding Partner of Stange Law Firm, PC. He is licensed in Missouri, Illinois, Kansas and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri. Mr. Stange received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers Magazine selected Mr. Stange to the list of Super Lawyers for Family Law in 2015 to Present. Previously, Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers Magazine selected Mr. Stange to the list of Rising Stars for Family Law in 2013 and 2014.

Mr. Stange is an adjunct professor at Emory University School of Law. Mr. Stange has also received numerous other awards from organizations such as the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys, the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys, the American Society of Legal Advocates, The National Trial Lawyers, Lead Counsel, AVVO, The National Advocates and others.

Mr. Stange is a frequent speaker on family law topics. In 2014, Mr. Stange presented at the 8th Circuit Judicial Conference in Omaha, Nebraska. Mr. Stange authored a chapter in a book through Thomson Reuters (Aspatore Publishing) titled: “Strategies for Military Family Law: Leading Lawyers on Navigating Family Law in the Armed Forces (Inside the Minds).” Mr. Stange released a full-length book through Thomson Reuters (Aspatore Publishing) in 2014 titled: “Prenuptial Agreements Line by Line.”

In 2015, Mr. Stange authored another chapter in a book through Thomson Reuters (Aspatore Published) titled: “Strategies for Illinois Family Law: Leading Lawyers on Leveraging Alternative Dispute Resolution, Negotiating Alimony and Child Support, and Managing Client Expectations (Inside the Minds).”

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Section I. Custody Matter Types
a) Custody/Support Modifications
b) Paternity Cases
c) Domestic Violence Cases
d) Guardianships

Section II. Handling Custody Issues
a) Custody Options, Procedures and Forms
b) Completing Child Custody Worksheets.
c) Calculating Time-Sharing – Tips and Tools
d) Relocation Matters and Factors Required
e) Drafting Parenting Plans
        i. Sample Parenting Plan

Section III. Child and Spousal Support Calculation Issues
a) Different Types of Pay and How Each Calculates Income
b) Child Support Worksheet: How-to’s and Tips
c) Child Support Arrearage Calculations
d) Special Income Issues: Pre-Tax, Post-Tax, Lump Sum, Overtime, Bonuses, etc.
e) Imputing Income
f) Maintenance/Alimony Calculation

Section IV. Drafting Preliminary Motions

Section V. Temporary Custody and Child Support

Section VI. Temporary Spousal Maintenance

Section VII. Temporary Exclusive Occupancy of the Marital Home

Section VIII. Interim Awards: Counsel Fees, Appraiser/Expert Fees